Articles Tagged - family

12 Days of Self-Care - Day 4: Lauren Stella

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

Christmas is my favorite time of the year, even though I often feel some stress in those last days of trying to find the perfect gift!  During the holidays, or any stressful time, I have a few favorite activities that I lean on for self-care. The first, and most helpful, is spending time with my fiancé and our families.  I am extremely family-oriented and always do my best to spend as much time with family as I can. I can always depend on my fiancé for a good laugh, my parents and b... read more.

12 Days of Self-Care - Day 7: Jay Jenco

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

Self-care is important, and it’s something that is easy to under prioritize in our busy lives. We spend most of the day working and doing things for others, and it’s important to take care of yourself. There are a few activities I do in order unwind and relax. Every day, I take my dog on long walks/runs early in the morning and late at night. This is time I use to clear my head, listen to music, catch up on podcasts, think or nothing at all. It’s my time alone (with the dog), and at the sa... read more.

12 Days of Self-Care - Day 5: David Singletary

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

I have many ways in which I can unwind after a stressful day at work. From exercise to cooking, a lot of my favorite things to do also help me relax. Working out, keeps me energized and feeling good. With all the to-dos we have during the day, it’s an easy one to check off the list. When the weather is nice, I like to take walks, either at work around the building or at home through my neighborhood. It’s always nice to stop and smell the roses when things get hectic. I also always make sure to g... read more.

12 Days of Self-Care - Day 2: Michael Suserman

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

If the question what do I do for self-care was asked to me two years ago, my answer would instantly be: sports, sports, and sports.  Playing sports, watching sports, and talking about sports has always taken my mind off everything and has helped me find a peace of mind as this is mostly all I did growing up.  But two years later, if you asked me the same question, the number one factor in my self-care is someone who means everything to me in my life, my nephew, Justin.   I never kn... read more.

12 Days of Self-Care - Day 1: Steve Nation

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

Self-care to me is making good decisions, living a healthy and active lifestyle and spending time with family and friends. This starts with making good food choices, foods that are low in carbs, starches and fat.  Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely some pizza going down but it’s in moderation.  Living an active lifestyle is important. I do group fitness classes with my wife; it’s fun to spend time together and push each other.  I also lift weights and walk for mil... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 12: Lesya Kostyuk

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

Among Ukrainians, the most beloved of all festivities is Christmas, which covers a cycle of important feast days, all centering around the family. The main event is the evening meal called “Holy Supper” (Svyata Vechera). According to the custom, all members of the family should be present that night for a family reunion.  Christmas in Ukraine is celebrated on January 7 according to the Gregorian calendar. Many people wonder why the Ukrainian date is&... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 11: Cami Sia

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Romanian Christmas is filled with traditions, superstitions and customs transmitted from generation to generation. Family, food, caroling and traditional outfits (picture below depicts traditional outfits from Transylvania) can be found in each corner of Romania, especially at the country side where customs are more preserved. I am from Transylvania and, for me, the excitement of Christmas begins on December 5th. This is the day every child will shine their shoes a... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 7: Judy DeJesus

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

In Puerto Rico, the Christmas celebrations start early! We call Christmas Eve “Nochebuena,” and that's when my family gathers to eat traditional foods of lechón asado (roasted pork) and pasteles (similar to tamales), arroz con dulce and our famous Coquito! We usually sit around and sing Alguinardos, what we call Christmas Songs. My family celebrates through Dia de Los Reyes, (Three Kings Day on January 6th) and that’s when the kids receive their Christmas presents. On the eve of Thr... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 6: Jonssen Angbetic

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

Filipinos have always been superstitious, especially when it comes to the holiday seasons, and the New Year brings a lot of superstitious beliefs into action.  One of these beliefs/traditions is preparing what we call the “six bowls of blessings,” for a lack of a better term.  It consists of a tray with six containers/bowls of different items.  Each item has a different meaning for the upcoming new year:  Rice – An abundance in food, in hopes that we will never go hu... read more.

12 Days of Traditions - Day 4: Jenna Sanfilippo

By Wiss, Posted in Wiss Gets Personal

Growing up I was always that little kid who drove my family nuts around the holidays. Either it was making a list for Santa that was taller than me or the Christmas Eve nights where I forced my sister to stay up and stake out the living room to catch Santa in the act. Even though, at the time, my family wanted to tie me up to make sure I wasn’t getting into any trouble, those are the silly memories that we always reminisce on each and every Christmas holiday! Since I was a baby, my Christmas traditio... read more.